Nero Corleone: A Cat's Story

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Viking, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 89 pages
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Nero Corleone isn't your average cat. He's much worse. On a farm somewhere in Italy, a black cat named Nero reigns supreme. There's not one animal on the farm that doesn't do exactly as Nero orders, even the dog. Then one day, Nero visits the house on the nearby hill, where a young German couple is vacationing, and there he has his first taste of the good life. Warm delicious condensed milk and sausage sandwiches! Soon after, Nero and his sister Rosa travel ten hours to their new home in Germany. But nothing really changes for Nero; he simply goes from being farm bully to being neighborhood bully. In this irresistible and warmly-told novel, where humans seem simple, and animals complex, Nero stops at nothing to get what he wants in life. But as time passes, even Nero begins to learn the lessons of life. Elke Heidenreich is a well-known columnist in Germany. Her satirical columns about everyday subjects appear in the biweekly magazine Brigitte. Quint Buchholz Hanser has illustrated many books for children. Both author and illustrator make their homes in Germany.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Nero is the godfather of cats, an irregular mafia don of the feline persuasion. He rules the barnyard with an iron fist—one white paw. Dogs, donkeys, and roosters all fear Nero, and he easily ... Read full review

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User Review  - overthemoon - LibraryThing

I'm very proud of myself for having read a whole book in German. Lovely story, such insight into the behaviour of people who let cats into their lives (sometimes begrudgingly). And the illustrations are great (really, I only bought it for the illustrations) Read full review


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Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the author of numerous works of fiction and essays. His international awards include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Israel.

Doris Orgel was born Doris Adelberg in Vienna, Austria on February 15, 1929. She is the author of numerous children's books including Ariadne, Awake!, We Goddesses, and My Mother's Daughter. The Devil in Vienna received a Phoenix Award Honor in 1998. Her books Sarah's Room and Dwarf Long-Nose were illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

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